An Insipid And Lackluster Fare
‘U’ Certified, 2 hrs 24 mins
What Is the Film About?
Oorantha Anukuntunnaru is that kind of love story where everyone except the lead pair at the center knows that they are in love and are perfect for each other. In the case of Oorantha Anukuntunnaru, it is an entire village of Ramanathapuram. They want Mahesh (Nawin Vijaya Krishna) and Gowri (Megha Chowdary) to get married who have a lover, respectively. How that happens is what the movie is all about?
How Is Nawin Vijaya Krishna’s Performance?
Nawin Vijaya Krishna returns with a new film after quite a gap. Having seen the first movie and vaguely remembering it, there is a feeling that the actor has been better in his first outing Nandini Nursing Home. Here he looks a bit jaded and misses a free flow. Even otherwise, it is a very ordinary act that lacks any impact.
Direction by Balaji Sanala?
Balaji Sanala has a simple and straightforward story in his hand. It is a basic story love story that has been done a dime a dozen, and also many years ago. There is no novelty at all.
Movies like Oorantha Anukuntunnaru require terrific writing and chemistry of the lead pair to hold things together. We are not even getting into the technical side like cinematography or the music. Sadly, nothing is working in Oorantha Anukuntunnaru. Only, the music aspect can be termed decent considering everything else.
The first thing that immediately acts as a distraction is the cinematography. It is in a short film level. The frames never let us get into the world in a cinematic way for the big screen. The weak writing and routine characters further dampen the mood.
The characters are also predictably and poorly written. They are typical clichés that we see regularly. With no further insight and depth, they appear as shallow as the flashback of one of the main characters. The bonding is never felt between the lover pairs, respectively. There is an occasional chuckle, but that is it.
The interval looks forced and done that way only to provide a shock. It is needless, and that is immediately proven once the movie resumes. The second half takes a predictable route to reach to the point. The process is far from exciting and lacks any surprise or emotion.
By the time one reaches the climax, all interest is lost, and one just wants the whole drama to come to an end as soon as possible. It is one aspect the director gets right. Without further dragging the conversation, the story ends with the resolution.
Overall, Oorantha Anukuntunnaru is a direct-to-home or a direct digital kind of movie that has been given a theatrical release. It is not worth the time spent theatrically.
Megha Chowdary, Sophiya Singh and Others?
Megha Chowdary is a typical heroine character in Telugu cinema. She looks homely and does all the beautiful things. The hero initially treats her as a friend and finally discovers the love. Among the various artists, she is the only one who seems to have invested some emotion into the character. The whole second half is centred primarily on her.
Sophia Singh, on the other hand, is a disappointment. There is nothing to her character beyond the initial pub antics. Srinivas Avasarala plays a Tamilian and is alright. There is nothing memorable or anything that stands out from his performance here. Rao Ramesh plays another routine bitter village senior character. There is no freshness in it. It doesn’t help that it is half-baked written and put in the narrative. Jayasudha, comparatively, has a more rounded character, but the things she does has zero novelty and is utterly predictable. The rest are alright.
Music and Other Departments?
KM Radha Krishnan of Anand and Godavari fame provides music that also seems to be from that decade. Still, it is among the better things that can be said about the movie. The cinematography is terrible. The editing is okay. The writing is superficial and lacks depth in emotion.
Some Musical Bits
No Emotional Connection
Watch the Hindi movie Cocktail. Or many other well-made love stories on the core point.
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Oorantha Anukuntunnaru Review by Siddartha